Singapore's SM Lee said the politicking within the ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno)means criticism of the project from within the party would continue to be levied against Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. His plans for the special economic zone have been criticised as a 'sell-out' of the country'sMalay majority said observers.
He added: 'It is one thing for the Opposition Party PAS to knock the prime minister down, but when Umno leaders, especially from Johor, hit out in the same vein, potential investors from Singapore must seriously ask themselves when these attitudes will change, and how welcome their investments will be.'
He was already proven right:
Mohamad Aziz Mohamed (BN - Sri Gading) said Singapore does not hold Malaysia’s interest at heart. "The attitude of Singapore leaders is not the same as the people [in both countries] where people could sit together in coffee shops and make jokes as though they are brothers."
"Singapore never stops, although I understand Malaysia’s (prosper thy neighbour) philosophy of wanting a rich and developed neighbour. "Recently the Senior Minister in Singapore said Umno Johor is not interested in welcoming investment in IDR. This is one statement we cannot understand as our leaders have been welcoming investment from all nations, including Singapore," he said.
"But if you follow the sentiments of us Johoreans, Singapore does not want this IDR to develop. They send gangsters to spoil the image of Johor Bahru as though Johor Bahru is the hotspot for thugs and gangsters, causing people to be afraid to invest in Johor Bahru," he added.
"Singapore still think they’re better than our country," said Ronald Kiandee (BN - Beluran) during question time in Parliament today. He said through "chemistry" and "body language", Singapore was seen to have gained the advantage in the talks. "Does the government see this as though they are belittling us ... is the source of this the IDR which will be exploited by Singapore for their economic benefit," he asked in a question to the Foreign Ministry.
With this kind of attitude, are the MPs doing anything positive to prove MM Lee wrong? I would like to prove him wrong by showing that Malaysia welcomes all investors.